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A Marine recruiter from Kissimmee accused of traveling to meet a fictitious stepmother and 14-year-old daughter for sex will likely be discharged from the Marine Corps, a military spokesman said Tuesday.
Mount Dora Police arrested Marine Sgt. David Reinoso Rodriguez, 26, after he responded to a Craigslist ad created by a detective who posed as a 27-year-old stepmother offering sex with herself and her 14-year-old daughter.
Rodriguez, an Iraq and Afghanistan veteran, had just finished schooling to be a recruiter and was to report for duty at an Orlando office. Now the Marine Corps is saying he will no longer have that opportunity.
"He will not be recruiting," said Capt. Barry Morris, a spokesman for Marine Corps. Morris said Rodriguez has been suspended from duty pending a military investigation into the accusations and moved to an Orlando headquarters office.
"These are serious allegations both morally and ethically," Morris said, adding that Rodriguez is under a "watchful eye" at his new position.
Before the arrest, Morris said Rodriguez had no history of discipline problems. He'd earned several medals during his four years in the service including humanitarian and global war on terrorism awards. Rodriguez told the Sentinel during an interview that he thought parental consent would make the encounter with the fictitious stepmother and the 14-year-old legal.